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debate performance. and the president accused governor romney of not telling americans the truth about what president obama calls romney's $5 trillion tax plan. darren gersh, tonight, looks at what the real impact of the romney tax plan could be on the american economy. >> reporter: here's where the president gets that $5 trillion number he used again today. governor romney's plan to cut tax rates by 20% would add up to about $5 trillion over ten years, assuming no other changes. but governor romney is planning to make other changes by eliminating tax deductions worth about the same amount. but the president is accurate when he says governor romney is making many promises in his tax plan. romney says upper-income people will not get a net tax cut; middle-income people will not see their taxes go up; incentives for savings and investment won't be touched; the estate tax and alternative minimum tax will be eliminated-- all this while cutting tax rates and not changing the amount of money the federal government brings in. an analysis by the tax policy center shows governor romney will hav
governor romney believes, he believes that every american has to have skin in the game. he believes that every american is part of shared sacrifice in order to bring our country and its people to have another opportunity for greatness. that's what he's talking about. was that comment inartfully put? absolutely. but in the end, we don't want to judge people by one inartful comment. this is a president who said he had campaigned in all 57 states, i don't think we want to say that the president doesn't know there's actually 50 states in america, not 57. every once in a while in a campaign as a candidate i can tell you, you're going to say something that just comes out offer mouth the wrong way. but here's what he believes. he believes that every american should have the opportunity for greatness. he believes that every american should be part of a shared sacrifice that fix the problems that are besieging our country and everyone should have skin in the game. i believe that the american people will rise to the challenge and will elect mitt romney because he's the one articulating that c
americans are expecting mitt romney to go out there and do something and i don't know whether that as even possible right now. the first debate means everything. the whole world is watching this thing. this is a big, big debate on wednesday night. this is much bigger than the mccain-obama debate. >> today mitt romney traveled from boston to colorado where the debate will be held as a major player in romney's fund raiser confirmed to fox business that a few new york donors have backed away from financial commitments to the romney campaign and instead said they will spend their money to help the republicans hold on to the house of represents and pick up seats in the senate. the debates will be very important, said one person with knowledge of the matter. if romney does well, that money could come back. >>> new jersey's governor, chris christie the current front runner for the presidential nomination 2016 has decided his job is to state the obvious. >> it's a huge night. we've had a bad couple of weeks and we want to turn this around and if you want to turn it around you've got to perform on
taking aim at governor romney's secretly recorded comments about the 47 percent of americans who do not pay income taxes. those comments will likely comment up tonight. for governor romney, the debate presents a chance to gain momentum by hitting the president where some consider him vulnerable, on jobs and the sluggish economy. the romney campaign has new ammunition from vice president biden and comments yesterday about the middle class. >> how can they justify raising taxes on the middle class which has been buried the last four years. >> an obama advisor defended the vice president saying it is the republican policies that hurt the middle class in the first place. the romney campaign targeting the comment in a brand new ad already. we will show you that in a minute. a new nbc and the "wall street journal," parent company of this network. shows the president ahead 49 percent to 46 percent which is in the margin of error. in the states, it is a different coverage. we have carl cameron with the romney camp and now ed henry on what wet tonight. >>reporter: the president is on the way
to boost american energy production. one of the things i suspect governor romney and i probably agree on is getting businesses to work with community colleges so they are setting up their training programs. >> do you agree, governor? >> let me finish my point. >> what's the strategy there? why try to raise romney up to his level? >> yeah, you know, it was one of those moments where i was watching this on twitter where people who supported the president were literally having their heads exploding. this is where you see the obama camp sometimes reading too much into what makes him more popular and likable. i think they see, well, he's a guy willing to compromise and be conciliatory. they didn't want to sacrifice likability in order to go against mitt romney, but unfortunately that's not how you debate. i think they need to go back and stop trying to shore up what's already there, that the president is likable. the president is president so he doesn't have to reinforce presidential sort of bearing. he needs to litigate the case and that's what they need to do better. >> the game is certa
47% of americans wouldn't vote for him because they are tied to entitlements mr. romney put himself in a difficult position and the president doesn't even mention it? astounding. also mr. obama did not look to the future. he did not tell americans how he is going to improve the economy. while governor romney said flat out that he wants to put more american dollars into the marketplace by cutting taxes. even if you disagree with that at least it's a strategy. mr. obama no strategy other than staying the course which is a disaster. that's why mitt romney won. reaction to to the debate was fascinating. our pal al gore blamed the president's weak performance on the altitude in denver. >> i'm going to say something controversial here. obama arrived in denver at 2:00 p.m. today. just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet. >> exactly. >> and you only have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> bill: was mr. gore high when he said that. some obama supporters simply declared victory. >> i think the pr
the american people have to ask themselves is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they are too good? >> bill: gosh romney scoring big in the debate last night. all the polls say that. but what happened behind the scenes? krauthammer, beckel, ingraham and kelly will all weigh in. >> obama arrived in denver at 2:00 p.m., just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. >> bill: al gore said it was the altitude that hurt president obama during the debate ♪ rocky mountain high. >> is the former vice president high? >> you all only have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> bill: jon stewart may be getting a bit nervous over my debate with him on saturday. >> o'reilly is 6'5". 250. it's like debating a yeddi. i need to stay away from his paws. if he gets a paw on me. >> it's over. >> bill: we will have the latest on the rumble in washington, d.c. >> bill: caution, you where to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. ♪ >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thank you for watc
and downplay expectations. new jersey governor chris christie said a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people can see these two guys by side, letting out their visions unfiltered. i think that will be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> obama senior advisers said they are preparing. >> they have been practicing for months. i am sure they will have a lot of clever lines, but that is not the american people are looking for. >> abc news political analyst matt dowd says advisors are emphasizing style over substance. >> debates that have changed people's lives have been about physical debates and -- physical characteristics and mannerisms, not substance. >> both have challenges. the president needs to keep his answers short to avoid sounding like the professor he was before entering the white house. romney has to connect with voters and seem relatable. >> joining us now to talk about this -- a guest from politico. thank you for being here. so much at stake for mitt romney on wednesday. what does he need to do to make an impact? >> he needs to change the dynamic of
the american people have to ask themselves, is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they are too good? is it because that somehow middle class families are going to benefit too much from them? >> bill: again that was a scripted line. the president didn't deliver it with much verb. >> the president the is a good debater and public speaker we know that the mistake he he made last night was coming off as a boring college professor. he simply droned on and on about people he met in kalamazoo or some place, who had a tough deal going on. instead of making dramatic points, the president meandered. and i couldn't believe -- i couldn't believe that mr. obama didn't even bring up mitt romney's 47% remark. what happened to that? by saying he thought 47% of americans wouldn't vote for him because they are tied to entitlements mr. romney put himself in a difficult position and the president doesn't even mention it? astounding. also mr. obama did not look to the future. he did not tell americans how he is going to improve the economy. while governor romn
debt. i think governor romney played the american people cheap. i think this problems were clear. >> [indiscernible] we will have a foreign-policy debate. >> i am going to advise the president to be forthright and honest with the american people. [indiscernible] >> folks are struggling to get a good education for their kids. trying to create jobs. can you actually do that? governor romney spoke about all chapter titles and zero chapters. the president said in the debate if his ideas are so good, why will he not share them with the american people? >> it said it would not be surprised if romney came out with a bounce today. [indiscernible] i don't think a whole lot. it certainly did not change the fundamentals of this race. $2 trillion pentagon build up. he has an implausible plan that will punish the middle class in this country and retard growth. >> some of the papers have already put out their editorials for tomorrow's paper based on tonight's debate. this is the tampa bay times from florida. the star tribune out of minnesota, this is what the editors right. this is craig from
is as governor romney has said repeatedly, he is running to help 100% of americans." he has said that. he said that repeatedly. it still resonating in a negative way with voters. what do you think he has to say about the 47% which has dogged his campaign since that video came out? >> remember, that was recorded during a fund-raising activity. it was a cut. this is an opportunity for governor romney to have his message come through unfiltered to the american people. that's, i think, what needs to come through. his sincerity, his warmth, his intellect, his optimism on the future of america and how we solve the challenges, and the two roads. the road the president defined over the last four years, we don't think the american people have embraced and will continue to embrace, and the road of optimism and pro-growth policies to get america back to work. that's the choice. >> isn't the problem for mitt romney that people obviously believe, which was the mantra, that the democratic party tried to define that the obama campaign tried to define, that is not a guy for the 100%? this is a guy who frankly
of the campaign. mitt romney spent the past year and a half attacking the president. the american people know he can ably attack the president, but they are looking for the specifics behind the plans, and mitt romney did not outline those tonight. the president looked directly in the camera telling the american people how he'd restore economic security for the middle class. neil: ben, thank you very much. i know you're a man in demand tonight. ben labolt. >> thanks for having me. neil: here's where we stand now as we take a quick break in the spin room. the spinners are still out. the throngs still there. i am getting from a lot the romney folks that no scientific survey here, but a pal pble sense of relief. they went in fearing there was a prom innocent democrat, david axe lrod, telling us his guy did well tonight, but this is up for debate. you can go back and forth. i'm just reading from a lot of the romney folks that no matter what david axelrod says, they are just feeling good there's going to be a morning and a new day in the fight, that is @ not over, and that their guy delivered the good
's what i know governor romney believes, because i have spoken to him. he believes that every american has to have skin in the game. he believes that every american wants to be part of a shared sacrifice to bring its people another opportunity for greatness. and that's what he was really talking about. was that comment inartfully put? absolutely. i have said it publicly as has governor romney. but we don't want to judge people on one comment. this is the same president who said he campaigned in all 57 states. i don't think we don't want to say that the president thinks there are 57 states. on the campaign trail, you'll say something that comes out of your mouth the wrong way. but here's what he believes. he believes that every american should have the opportunity for greatness. he believes that every american should be part of a shared sacrifice to fix the problems that are pe besieging our country, that everyone should have skin in that game. i believe the american people will rise to that challenge and elect mitt romney because he is the one articulating that challenge, not the happy tal
governor romney stands for is shared sacrifice of the american people, everyone having skin in the game and working together to create opportunities for greatness for our children and grandchildren. and, you know, if we continue to emphasize this, then of course over the course of time if that's all people hear, but that's not all they're going to hear because on wednesday night, mitt romney will be standing on the same stage with the president of the united states. and i am telling you, david, thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. >> let me ask you about some nuts and bolts that you say we're going to hear from governor romney. here was a portion of your speech as the keynoter that you gave in tampa. and i'll show it to you. >> we believe it's possible to forge bipartisan compromise and stand up for our conservative principles. >> you understand there's a great appetite for compromise in the country. when it comes to dealing with our debt, this is a nominee in mitt romney who talks about an extra tax cuts, going beyond the extension of the bush tax cut
to the cheaters" vo: tough on china? not mitt romney. when a flood of chinese tires threatened a thousand american jobs... it was president obama who stood up to china and protected american workers. mitt romney attacked obama's decision... said standing up to china was "bad for the nation and our workers." how can mitt romney take on the cheaters... when he's taking their side? >>> i'm chatting off camera with christine romans because i can't believe the story i'm about to bring you. it's the economy. we talk a lot about low interest rates on this show. right now money is as cheap as you can get. christine romans is here to talk about the other side of cheap interest rates. you don't always benefit. you might get a great, you know, bonus on your mortgage rate. >> right. >> i was just looking back in the '80s. a five-year cd, which is where you want to plunk your money. back in the '80s when we were just babies. >> i don't remember the '80s, actually. >> liar, liar. 12%, we used to get 12% on a five-year cd. today, what? 2%. >> not even 2%. if you're lucky. a one-year cd is basically .3%. a saving
of and also please, governor romney, you were very upset about the 47% of americans who pay no taxes. well, they include seniors, the military, and they include the working poor. please tell me, governor romney, exactly which groups you're going to raise federal incomes taxes on of those three groups because you don't like the fact they're not paying taxes. he's a very wonderful man, a warm man, he could be tough but respectful and i think president obama should help him out by saying i'm happy to cede some of my time so you can take the time and lay out all those deductions -- >> i know that's a briar patch because you walk him in there, bob, you walk him into that briar patch and say, go ahead, tell us what you're going to get rid of. all of a sudden the guy is in worse shape. that's why they won't do, it right? romney won't tell us what he's getting rid of it because if he's getting rid of it he's killing charitable organizations that need the money from charity. you start capping that, start messing around with people's mortgages, the one thing they need to build up some capital and ap
the american people will rise to that challenge and elect mitt romney because he is the one articulating that challenge, not the happy talk that the president is giving us that things are bumps in the road, things are just small problems. the country knows we have big problems, david, that we're not confronting. and the president's happy talk for the next 36 days is not going to anesthetize the american people. >> you acknowledge this has done real damage. this 47% comment, not just a misstatement, this was a thoughtful accounting of a government-dependent society in romney's view. you admit it's done political damage? >> no, i don't acknowledge that, david. what i say is that if you look at the context of his statements all across this campaign that what governor romney stands for is shared sacrifice of the american people, everyone having skin in the game and working together to create opportunities for greatness for our children and grandchildren. and, you know, if we continue to emphasize this, then of course over the course of time if that's all people hear, but that's not all they'
a lower tax rate than many low-income and middle-class americans? >> romney got caught up when the tax question came up, famously in south carolina, he said maybe, when asked if woe release more taxes. there needs to be some kind of tax question tonight because the reality is that a lot of folks don't earn very much money in places here like denver are paying a higher percentage of their income than romney. romney believes there should be lower rates for investments but hasn't explained why it is fair that he pays a lower rate. >> quick on your list of questions, many have been asked to the candidates at some point or certainly, prepared to answer. will you be stunned if the questions on the stimulus on the case of the president or taxes, to romney, go unanswered without the candidate being specific? >> well, i won't be surprised at all but the nice thing about a debate is that i think the moderator, jim lehrer, is going to take a step back and allow the clash between the candidates. i think if romney gives a nonanswer to that question we just talked about obama will say, no, answer th
and small settings and i hopefully the american people will see that with mitt romney tonight. melissa: juan, what does the president say if mitt romney says are you better off than you were four years ago? so i think almost no one is so how does the president respond to that? >> boy i disagree with you, melissa, can point to leading economic indicators, gdp the country is better off when it was when i took office. he can say look at corporate profits in thinks country. melissa: those are not individuals. people at home don't feel better. >> we're talking about the economy as a whole. you're asking me what he would say. i think he has a legitimate points to make to buffett the point. but you should know that in terms of debate preparation on both sides there seems to be a conclusion now that looking back is not the way to sway voters, to be persuasive. it has to be about looking forward. and that if you just focus on looking back, say the economy stunk either under president bush or president obama voters are like yeah, we know that. we're interested how it will get better for me and my chil
plans specifically to the american people. >> governor romney laid out a fundamentally different philosophy. he called for a tax plan that would these massive cuts for the wealthy but refused to explain how copay for them without raising tax on middle class families. instead he just denied how big these tax cuts were. martha: the romney campaign said they did lay out specific he will ets how they would pay for those. biden will debate paul ryan in danville, kentucky next thursday. bill: a former new york city mayor republican candidate rudy giuliani said the president, all he wants is bigger government. he had a consistent theme. government important, government has to help, government has to stimulate the private economy. every answer to every question by barack obama was more government. whether it was education, taxes, healthcare, green energy, more government, more government, more government. bill: the mayor says he praises governor romney for his performance. martha: they are paying attention in the key battleground state of ohio. this has been a tough territory ohio for th
in supporting all americans. romney and president obama both hit the campaign trail yesterday following their first debate in colorado. the president acknowledged romney's stellar performance but questioned the republican challenger's accuracy. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow to claims to be mitt romney. you about i know it couldn't have been -- but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> i saw the president's vision as trickle down government and i don't think that's what america believes in. >> nielsen estimates 67 million people saw tuesday evening's debate, the most watches since 1992. >>> and we're just getting started on a friday. it is an annoying annual event the east bay city dealing with an aggressive invasion of birds. >> plus, he was just one badge away from reaching eagle scout. why it may never happen for this moraga teen. >> and holy pepperoni! a robber got more than he bargained for when he tried to r
against governor romney and this is chance to cut through the clutter and talk to the american people about the issues they care about, namely the economy. governor romney has an ability, a chance to talk to these voters that don't feel like the last four years have -- that american economy has lived up to its potential. they don't feel like job growth is where it needs to be, like take home pay is where it needs to be. the chance to talk to those voters is an incredible opportunity and one that the governor hopes to seize tonight. >> of course the romney forces, the super pacs and your campaign, have also spent millions of dollars, the only question is which side is getting through to more people. this is what robert gibbs, one of your counter partss, a big supporter and surrogate and former press secretary for the president had to say earlier on the program. >> if you want to be straight with the american people and the american people want you to be straight with them, you owe it to the american people to explain not through, you know, mumbo jumbo or fuzzy math or voodo economics h
's policy middle income americans have been buried. >> reporter: energetic and agrees ever, romney slammed the president's economic record and laid out his own plan. >> there will be no cut that adds to the deficit. >> reporter: but the president repeatedly insisted that romney is calling for $8 trillion in tax cuts and spending that cannot be paid for without adding to the deficit or burdening more middle income americans. >> it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: the president also criticized his opponent for not providing more details about wall street reform and healthcare. >> at some point, i think the american people have to ask themselves, is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good? >> reporter: privately, the obama campaign is conceding that romney's extensive debate preparation paid off at a time when he needed a lift. many viewers saw a president not at the top of his game. >> he seemed nervous for some reason almost as though some questions threw him and mitt romney seem to throw them off as well. >> reporter: but n
obama had a rally at of wisconsin. the president accused romney of dishonest about romney's cuts,ons on tax education, and job outsourcing. now we have some breaking news from the romney campaign tonight. the gop -- gop challenger newsworthyfox apologized for calling 47% of americans victims. called these, "completely wrong." romney was near virginia for a rally. finally, we have learned mitt will test those good morning america one day next week. -- guest host "good morning america" one day next week. abc says it is in discussions for first lady obama, as well. whenever her schedule allows. the message if you plan on going to a national playoffs game. cooper.derson >> local families devastated by d.c. sniper attacks come .ogether >> i am bob ryan. the weather center. it is a mild night. weeks of this campaign... and more ads. you, in your living room or... what i'd say. losing nearly eight hundred... mired in iraq. nation we are... moving forward again. get folks back to work and... again. that with even bigger... fewer regulations... prosper. on the same trickle-down... in the
's going to create jobs and help turn the american economy around. >> do you agree or does mitt romney now believe that todd akin should still step aside and get out of the race and that what he said was so offensive and wrong wrong he should not be the republican candidate? >> yeah. governor romney made very clear at -- when i'm sorry when congressman akin made those remarks he disagreed with them entirely and could not stand by them and that hasn't changed. >> and so he's not going to go along with other republicans in the senate campaign committee and people like roy blount who's major figure in your own campaign, senator blount, and former senator kip bond who have endorsed todd akin? >> yeah. i can't speak for governor bond and senator blount, but governor romney has made his position very clear on that and it has not changed. >> and what about what chris christie had to say the other day on "meet the press," told david gregory that on thursday morning it's going to be a new race, he said mitt romney's going to be standing on the same stage with the president and i'm telling you come
this is very confusing. is the romney campaign betting they can get through by just confusing the american public into submission? >> alex, if i were the kind of person who got depressed by a lack of specificity and seriousness in presidential politics i would be very depressed. this cycle you can judge? in different ways. the lack of specificity is ghouling for three reasons, two serious guys, two, the country has big challenges and three both campaigns are enunciated this principle on big important serious things, rather than have the candidate be specific at all about what they do, they say really it's better for the public to have this the rashed out with congress after i'm elected. the president says the same thing about social security reform. i find it unorthodox and maybe i need to cover a few more to cover the romney campaign, a major float of a proposal in a local television interview the day or two before the debate. seems like the $17,000 cap -- >> bucket. >> is actually, i think, an interesting idea, but it's not one that governor romney is apparently actually proposing and no
as true. mitt romney's own plan would cost 800,000 u.s. jobs according to the study for american progress. the corporate tax cuts would cost the u.s., according to that study, nearly $1 trillion. all right. now the third debate topic, and the third myth that is -- we are debunking here health you will hear this over and over again. you have heard it. the memo reads $716 billion will be raided from medicare to pay for obamacare. now this is the same raiding medicare lie that romney has been pushing since august. >> romney: the president's plan cuts medicare -- excuse me -- well let's see -- there we go. by $716 billion. cut. >> jennifer: polititfact, the fact checker in looking at that statement rated it mostly false because here is the truth. president obama has made medicare more efficient by cutting costs in the program to the tune of $716 billion. that's cutting costs, not cutting patient care, not kicking people off of medicare, not cutting benefits, just cutting costs by making it more efficient. and then he reinvested those savings back into medicare t
at american.com. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. we can't afford four more years. i"i'm not in favor of a a$5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan." mitchell: "the nonpartisan tax policy center concluded that mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years." vo: why won't romney level with us about his tax plan, which gives the wealthy huge new tax breaks? because according to experts, he'd have to raise taxes on the middle class - or increase the deficit to pay for it. if we can't trust him here... how could we ever trust him here? . >>> they're back. the pesky stink bugs. the government said that they have returned in a big quay. many more than last year. you don't have to tell that to the people near linden, virginia. that is where beth parker has paid a visit today. >> stink bug heaven. >> reporter: you can s.w.a.t. them or sweep them. you can't get away. >> there's millions of them. it's the worst thing i have seen in my life. >> reporter: not what he had in mind when he retired and moved to the coun
gotten the place we're at? if the american people decide he is, it will turn in governor romney's direction. >> brett, thank you for joining us. the other thing that is watching the evening news is kind of like being stuck in the cheering section of obama reelection team. pat buchanan on the media's >>. [ applause ] >>> i wanted to show you how the cbs evening news started their show friday night. keep in mind this is hours after the office of director of national intelligence gave their reassessment of the attack in benghazi. >> good evening, mitt romney has 39 days to turn his presidential campaign into a winner but the support of a key voting group is in jeopardy. >> what? we're talking about why mitt romney is behind? you have one of the biggest stories going on in country's last four years of history. you are ignoring about what does mitt romney have to do in 39 days. joining me now is columnist and former presidential candidate pat buchanan. pat, i wanted to take you back because you were in the nixon administration, you saw what happened when watergated was going on. ther
think the american people deserve an answer. yet we're talking about why mitt romney's campaign is struggling whether it is or isn't. it seems like, is there in your mind an unprecedented level of attempt to influence the selection for barack obama? >> i have never seen the media that is more biased in any political campaign in my life. it's out of closet. mike, i worked over msnbc i discovered very late, i guess, there weren't that many conservatives over there. [ laughter ] >> not too many. >> i felt fairly lonely over there for a while. but people are coming right out the blue all out supporting barack obama. these almost the first responders to obama campaign. but this libya situation is much more important. look what has happened. four days after that event in libya the press secretary is sent out to say this was a spontaneous event out of a riot. two days after the six days after the event susan rice is programmed to say this was a spontaneous event, not premeditated or preplanned. those were utter falsehoods. i won't say they were lying but some briefed them and told them
mitt romney wrote for yesterday's "wall street journal." romney said president has misapplied americans understanding. he wrote we must restore our economic strength, our mill strength and the strength of our values. both candidate are prepping for their first debate against each other this wednesday in denver focusing on domestic issues. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: the president enters the final month before the elections within reach of the number of electoral votes needed to win but he continues to battle criticisms or how the white house handled last month's attack in been ganghazi, libya. people packed a high school sunday night to listen to president obama. >> stand with me and work with me, we'll win clark county again. we'll win nevada again. we'll win this election again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. like his opponent, he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who is going to have the best zinger. governor romney is a g
romney. >>> too many americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. my plan will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years. >> i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message >>> toll pohl ticks can be funny. i'll be back with more news an hour from now. "sanjay gupta, m.d.," begins right now. >>> all right, thanks for being with us. today amazing progress on the war on cancer. there are real cures being developed but they come with staggering cost. >>> also i hope you have a strong stomach for this. you're not going to believe what we found in the filthy restaurant play areas. >>> the fcc has asked the cell phones to update their safety. first medical care. this week we're going to see the first first debate between mitt romney and president obama. health care is a key issue, one of the biggest, in fact, and it's back in the spotlight this week after romney said people without insurance can always just go to an emergency room. now, with barely a month to go before the election, i wanted to zero in on what's at stake here. since president obama's health care law wa
up to china and protected american workers. mitt romney attacked obama's decision... said standing up to china was "bad for the nation and our workers." how can mitt romney take on the cheaters... when he's taking their side? ffor help finding a plan that's right for you, give unitedhealthcare a call today. >>> governor, if kitty dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer? >> no, i don't, bernard, i think you know i oppose the death penalty during all of my life. >> 1988. massachusetts governor michael dukakis against vice president george bush. criticized for that answer because that was a painful question from our bernard shaw at cnn and some say his wooden and robotic answer just didn't cut it. they needed to see the human side of michael dukakis. we know the result of that debate. the president and the would be presidents have to be able to think on their feet when they get the questions that seemingly come out of nowhere. they also on the other hand, like me, need very good writers. and president clinton probably had one of the ve
himself to the american people and erase all the impressions of the mitt romney we met earlier and reveal a coherent person, one voters can imagine as a leader. is this debate more romney against himself? critics paint him displaying this flaccid leadership. >> he has to present himself as a president who would represent all americans. he said that several times. he's practicing that debate line. here again, even when he engages with that comment, it reminds people of that 47% remark. you see him over the last couple of days. i think it was today there is an interview in the "denver post" where he seems to be softening his stances around immigration. here is a candidate looking at a huge deficit in some of these swing states, deficits among hispanics, deficits among women. he's got to make ground up in this 90 minutes. it's not a long time. he has to please republicans who have been calling for him to get more specific in terms of his plans around tax reform and all sorts of other ideas he has. he has a real tall order going into this debate. >> governor romney is dogged about the 47% rem
for the past four years and how mitt romney can talk straight to the american people about how he has a plan to create jobs, specific things, like in my home state of virginia, he's going to allow us to have exploration off shore with energy so we can have good high-paying jobs. that's something supported by democrat senators like mark warner and jim webb in my home state of virginia and something this president has stopped. we're also going to get rid of those job-killing regulations that killed 1,200 jobs in the coal fields of virginia and west virginia and elsewhere. and we're also going to cut taxes on small businesses. cut taxes across the board of a -- across the board tax cut instead of the promise that barack obama is going to increase taxes across the board of the biggest tax increase in history on january 1st. and mitt romney understands that you have to have small business to grow these jobs. and that's the way we're going to invest in small businesses. take the job-killing obamacare regulations that will crush small businesses, but then give -- replace it with good policies that
a promise governor romney things i kept. i also promise i fight every single dayyon behalf of the american people, the middle class, and although striving to get into the middle class, i have kept that promise. if you will vote for me, then i will promise i will fight just as hard in the second term. >> the romney -- governor romney. >> this is an important election and i'm concerned about america. i am concerned about the taking over the last four years. i know this is bigger than an election about the two of us as indivvduals. -pit is bigger than our respecte parties. it is an election about the course of america. what kknd of america do you want to have for yourself and your children? there are two seven pads we begin speaking about this evening. we will have two more presidential debates and a vice presidential debate. we will talk about those two pads. -- paths. you do not have to just look at our work. you can look at the record. if the president would be reelected, you will see a middle-class squeeze. income going down, and prices going up. in come up p again. if i am president, i w
that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling with the president tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. yes, that performance by the president that won former democratic party chairman referred to at disinterested and passive was the talk of the campaign today. campaign aides say they don't have any explanation as to why the president was the way he was, other than a general inclination to play it safe, but however cold his performance may have left even some supporters last night, today, the president came out with some fire. before a crowd of 12,000 in denver, the president tried to turn his opponent's polished debate performance into proof of his phoniness. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but the real mitt romney has been running around the
american to vote. they are not voting for mitt romney. when you look at numbers like are you more favorable about this candidate the president and romney have parallel numbers among white voters. these huge margins are because overwhelmingly 78 to 4 african americans are saying less likely. if you are losing 100% of the vote it doesn't effect the ballot. so the difference in this poll is you have to look at the valid coalition compared to the numbers you are using from this survey. that explains how you can have the negative numbers from romney and have him going up in the poll compared to two weeks ago mpt. >> i want to go to candidate qualities thmpt president has leads on looking after the middle class, dealing with immigration and medicare. single digit on health care, being a good commander in chief, foreign policy and taxes. of all of those qualities, the two that would concern you the most if you were mitt romney? >> the one you didn't mention is mitt romney is ahead on changing washington, d.c. and the economy. you have to look at what is putting mitt romney in the ballpark. in wash
-old comments made by candidate obama that some are calling racially divisive. but is it as damaging as romney's video about the 47%? >>> and potential progress for american airlines and its pilots, as the airline rushes to explain why seats have come loose. >>> also this morning, firing back. the small town tv anchor woman, now launching a national debate on weight and bullying, after a viewer attacked her for being fat. >>> and last dance. cut throat composition on the dance floor. but one all-star fails to find his hollywood ending. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. we begin with that newly-released video, getting lots of attention before tonight's first presidential debate. >> it was released overnight by a conservative website. the speech was given to a largely african-american audience back in 2007, when mr. obama was still a senator. critics say the president was divisively pandering to the crowd, saying that the fog did not do enough to help residents of new orleans after hurricane katrina. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? where's your money? makes no
romney should turn this race to foreign policy. >> no. i think the american people are focused on the lack of jobs, the loss of income, the poor prospects. they are concerned that america's lost standing in the world. they're concerned about how backwards the middle east has gone in the last year. they're more concerned about their children having jobs. they're much more concerned about that than they are about foreign policy and that's why, you know, romney has got to continue to put the spotlight back on the results of romney's policies, which are very poor and what he would do differently that would be more promising. >> i agree with the first thing, that he shouldn't focus on foreign policy and the last point put his focus on domestic. first of all, the arab springs have mostly been successful. it turned out that the libya people rebelled against the terrorists that attacked our embassy. we have an elected president that may or may not be our pal in egypt. in tunisia we're doing the same thing. the president has improved our standing remarkably in the world. >> as matt dowd
of the american people, mitt romney's allies recirculated a video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time, end quote. the romney campaign denies having anything to do with that tape. >>> this is unfolding as the candidates prepare to take the stage tonight in denver. >> 50 million viewers are expected to tune in as the presidential racets final week. abc's brandi hitt has a preview. >> reporter: both candidates took a break from their intense debate prep tuesday. with mitt romney getting a bite to eat in denver. and president obama visiting the hoover dam for the first time. both have relied heavily on their running mates this week to lead their campaigns. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle-class has been varied the last four years. >> reporter: it didn't take long for paul ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle-class, over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that means, we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" pol
% of americans who are pampered and who are not taking responsibility for themselves. it's romney himself. i think in the debates romney has two big problems that he's got to try to overcome. one is mathematics. he's got to show what loophole he's going to close. the second is authenticity. he's got to show that authentically he's someone that cares about average working people. he hasn't done both. he's losing ground because of both problems. >> when you look at the new gallup poll, be for example, it shows that the majority of americans think that the president is a better candidate for the middle class. 53% for president obama, thinking he's better for the middle class. romney, 43. and then you go to the president, who will the president do more to favor? middle class, wealthy, 66% say middle class. 17% say wealthy. who will mitt romney do more to favor? 35% say middle class, 57% say wealthy. how does romney overcome this overwhelming view that he is going to serve the wealthy and he doesn't serve or care about the middle class? >> i think romney has to be able to be accessible, number on
: tough on china? not mitt romney. when a flood of chinese tires threatened a thousand american jobs... it was president obama who stood up to china and protected american workers. mitt romney attacked obama's decision... said standing up to china was "bad for the nation and our workers." how can mitt romney take on the cheaters... when he's taking their side? >> we'll focus on getting the cost of health care down. if the president, tore re-elected you'll see a $1706 million lost to medicare. i'll restore the 716 billion to medicare. >> mitt romney closed the debate with a list and numbers and what sounded like a lot of detail given that he's been criticized by fellow republicans. even by his own surrogates for not being concrete enough on the campaign trail. our own ezra klein knows from these things and i have to ask for your take on that. >> i thought it was fascinating. i thought that moment right there at the end, the closing statements were really indicative of the whole thing. you heard five or six policy specific but from obama, that was the debate in a nutshell. romney sound
is delivered by the american people and you have to ask yourself what did mitt romney do here to close these polling gaps that he is the victim of at the moment in the battle ground states and in the national polls. and you have to find exactly where were those lines if you're making the theory that mitt romney was some kind of big winner here tonight. the president clearly came in with what i would call a presidential strategy in the debate. and they may, at team obama, look at that tonight and say we've got to change that. and that strategy was the president was not going to step down from the presidential podium into that courtroom and become a prosecutor. mitt romney was happy to take on the role of the smiling prosecutor, which i think we can all agree was exactly what he should have done. tactically what we saw mitt romney do makes sense from where we're sitting certainly, and when you are sitting where we're sitting, watching what the president was doing in the debate, being careful, protecting his lead, you might say, you can look at that and say that's not going to work in the
, please. romney sent jobs overseas. american express. uh, i'm in a timeout because apparently riding the dog like it's a small horse is frowned upon in this establishment! luckily though, ya know, i conceal this bad boy underneath my blanket just so i can get on e-trade. check my investment portfolio, research stocks... wait, why are you taking... oh, i see...solitary. just a man and his thoughts. and a smartphone... with an e-trade app. ♪ nobody knows... ♪ [ male announcer ] e-trade. investing unleashed. ♪ >> jennifer: this week a video surfaced on the internet showing a woman in colorado doing voter registration, but only for certain voters. >> and who are you registering? all voters? >> i'm actually trying to register people for particular parties, because we're out here in support of romney actually. >> and who is paying you for this? >> we're working for the -- county clerk's office. >> okay. you cannot come down here and register one party, lady. >> jennifer: said a denver tv station confirmed that she was working for a man named nathan sproul. he has bee
for the last year. >> here's the point. mitt romney knows americans didn't want what is an unfair plans and that's why a decoy mitt showed up last night. but here's the thing. we're not going to let him get away with it and neither should you. head over to our facebook page where we're showing the details of the romney hypocrisy on issue after issue. he can't hide his true record. he can't attack health coverage and then get away with saying things like this. >> number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. number two, young people are able to stay on their family plan. >> oh, really? is that so? well, here's what the real romney says on the campaign trail. >> i will repeal obamacare and i'll stop this its tracks on day one. i will act to repeal obamacare. i will repeal obamacare. >> of course i'm going to appeal obamacare. i've said that on the campaign trail i think every single day. obamacare must be repealed in its entirety. >> he'd repeal it in its entirety. he'd scrap the whole thing. forget about pre-existing conditions. forget about kids on their parents' plan.
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the american people have to ask themselves is the reason go governor romney is keeping all of these plans to replace secret because they are too good? >> but time and again, romney had the last word. >> you know what, i have to respond to that. it is my experience as a governor is if i come in and lay down a piece of legislation and say it is my way or the highway, that will get a lot done. >> romney's stock is up 28 rs. the president's stock fell 10%. it is pretty clear that romney had more energy and was in more control of the evening. the biggest loser? jim lehrer. >> a lot of people said that. that is just round one. more to come. >> voters on both sides turned out at viewing parties around the bay area to watch the presidential debate. leslie brinkley was on both sides to gauge rex a. she is live in -- on both sides to gauge reaction. >> there is a lot of baseball analogies. some say obama hit a homerun, and others say romney who was the allstar. >> i think he hit a homerun. we have two victories in the bay area with the oakland a's and the giants, and i think the president is there
romney. we'll spend the next several days making clear what positions mitt romney misled the american people on. >> jennifer: so there is an opportunity there sure for that because mitt romney and we're cataloging these lies here inside "the war room" tonight as well to let everybody know. but there was at least a sense from the great supporters of president obama, there was a sense of deflation. it was good to see that the president was out there swinging on the campaign trail today. do you have any data, any polling information that would give us some hope that maybe all was not lost? >> well, this has been a close and competitive race in key states for the past year and a half. i don't think anything changed last night. look the pundits' scorecard is different from us. the pundits' scorecard is how many punches did the canada lates land against each other. i don't think the president viewed the debates as a steel cage match. his goal was to reach the undecided voter tuning into the campaign for the first time who
to go and have a conversation with the american people. i think i took romney too lightly, he didn't expect romney to be able to throw that kichb heat. and he was able to out obama obama on the connection piece, authenticity piece, on the ability to tell the story. and i think they had the wrong strategy. the idea you will get here, be able to have a conversation and be treated like a town hall format with nobody else there, sets you up for failure. >> i don't think anybody would have advised barack obama to go in and play defense. sometimes when you get into office, you're president of the united states, you are there to defend. let romney play offense all night. >> they have run a very good campaign thus far. i don't think president obama did what this campaign wanted him to do. let's not go overboard here. it will be like a big sort of push back. okay, fine. i understand. i'm saying, that in the same campaign, same guy that did this well leading up to it. my point is this. president obama came in to have a conversation. mitt romney came in with a chainsaw. trying to talk to a ch
with the american people. >> at the end of the day he failed on the facts. >> governor romney has changed a number of positions or didn't remember some of his positions. >> republicans call it all sour grapes. >> with what this says is that obama got his clock cleaned in the schoolyard and now he and his friends are out there the next day saying, we would have, could have, should have, and making up excuses for why ne lost. >> and even as some democrats make the charge of what they call romney's debate fabrications, they concede, the president should have pushed back on stage. >> in attempt to go sort of be cool, be presidential, he tried to stay above the frey and ended up looking detached, a bit off and listless and the president in his sort of coolness did know the take mitt romney to task. >> the democrats's big s charge, that romney has a 5 trillion dollar tax cut, he won't be able to pay for. one that will force a $2000 tax increase on middle class families. that's all based on a study by the tax policy center, which originally said romney's plan could only be deficit neutral with a tax hike
looks like. and romney was also campaigning in virginia, running mate paul ryan said of the number of jobs created said we shouldn't have to settle for this new normal. reprizing one of the convention themes that americans deserve better than mr. obama has delivered. critics seized on another line in mr. obama's virginia speech in which he denied believing in an entitlement society which he doesn't believe people are entitled to succeed. aides suggest the opposite. >> we don't believe that anybody is ensilenttitled to sus in this country. we believe in opportunity where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded and everybody is getting a fair shot. >> here in ohio, where early voting has already begun, today's jobs report may have more impact than the one that comes out a few days before the election and that's a plus for the president since ohio is generally a must-win for romney. >> wendell goler travelling in cleveland. and following romney's strong performance in the debate, what happens now? here is chief political correspondent, carl cameron. >> reporter: with a mont
americans are looking at the romney ryan ticket as one that will address issues and will deliver a plan that has impact on middle class americans, that will bring down taxes for all americans. period. there's only one candidate that's actually talking about raising taxes and there's another candidate, the romney ryan ticket, that will cut taxes for all americans. so i think as we go into this, we'll hear a lot more of that. obviously at the debate and this is the next phase f that campaign. >> mitt romney leads according to our poll, on unemployment and the deficit. let me ask you this, ben, because one thing our viewers may assume is that democratic base is now energized and the convention is now partly responsible for that. rece recently, jim -- our new poll, how do you feel strength of support, 72% of voters are strongly excited. that's a virtual tie and extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in november, 65% of republicans. 64% of democrats. does that worry you? in '08, part of the reason the president won was his people were way more enthusiastic than john mccain's. >> we hear
romney showing the american economy, the american people, i can run this country. i can solve these problems. >>neil: but he brought egg back to how much we as a government are spending. the deficit was front and center. react to this. >> the president said he would cut the deficit in half. unfortunately, he doubled it. $1 trillion deficits for the last fur -- four years. the president put almost as much debt held by the public as all prior presidents combined. >>neil: what he was saying, whatever you inherited you did that and then some. did that register? >>guest: again, it is like delivering a spanking in the boardroom, point one, point two, point three, you said this was the budget. you didn't do it. you said this is the revenue, you didn't do it. the promised the people this, you didn't do it. i can. it made a compelling point not just to people that are loyal to mitt romney but also people that are undecided. i believe, also, the conviction, you could see it, that president obama literally started submitting through the debit to the points. >>neil: it is interesting. ver
. >>>. the first presidential debate is in denver on wednesday. president obama and romney hunkered down for practice. americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose. in a abc news washington post poll, out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect the president to win. this is the biggest lead so far when it comes to overall voter expectation. the debate could be a pivotal turning point for romney and his campaign. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, you will shake your head saying it's a brand new race. >> mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy and romney says the current administration has been at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> five things to know before heading out the door on monday morning. two americans died during the weekend in afghanistan and it happened during the fire fight at a u.s. checkpoint. since the beginning of the military operation in the country 11 years ago, 2000 means have been killed. >>> gm drivers the automaker is recalling 40,000 cars and suvs, the problem
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